February 2014 



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February 22, 2014 

Circle Lecture & Lunch with Professors


February 25, 2014  

Mindf**k Film Screening: Petropolis




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FEB.12: Jennifer Keesmaat Talk on Walking to School

Walk Toronto Hosts York Alumna   


Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto, 

characterizes her planning practice by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGOs and residents associations. Jennifer's lecture will examine how walkability can be advanced while positively contributing to the challenges of intensification, public transit and priority neighbourhoods. Jennifer will discuss what the City is doing, and what parents, students and other citizens can do, to encourage more walking to school by kids of all ages in Toronto.

Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm (keynote talk and questions), 8:00-9:00 pm (general meeting)
Location: University of Toronto Schools (UTS) Auditorium, 371 Bloor St. W.


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First Annual President's Sustainability Awards

Creating a Sustainable Campus


The upcoming Sustainability Awards recognize students, faculty and staff who are contributing to making York a leader in sustainability among post-secondary institutions. Up to five awards will be given out each year. Any student, faculty or staff member from the University community can nominate any other individual or group for consideration. 


See the evaluation criteria on the nomination page until Friday, February 21.

MAR.4: Implications for Native Plants - The Latest Garlic Mustard Research

IRIS Director Dawn Bazely speaks about invasive species!


The North American Native Plant Society is partnering iwth IRIS for the Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture. Biology Professor and IRIS Director Dawn Bazely will give the lecture at York, titled "Implications for Native Plants: The Latest Garlic Mustard Research".


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MAR.10: The Ghosts in the Water: Collective Rights, Law and the Environment

IRIS Speaker Series and MES/JD Joint Program Seminars
This session will be an informal lunch with Jeffrey Hewitt, Osgoode Visiting McMurty Fellow, counsel to the Rama First Nation, from 1:30-2:30pm, followed by a talk from 2:30-3:30pm (as part of the International Environmental Law class). Jeffrey's research focuses on the connection between Indigenous law and art forms, in particular story-telling and the possible applications to modern day innovation and problem-solving.
MAR.21: Aboriginal Power: Changing the Landscape of Energy & Sustainability Coast-to-Coast Across Canada

IRIS, COERB and SSB present
Chris Henderson is the preeminent advisor to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities across Canada in the development of clean energy generating projects meeting Aboriginal rights, and inclusive of indigenous economic benefits and equity participation. Chris will be presenting his book, Aboriginal Power, followed by an interactive session that covers issues such as community engagement, partnership negotiations and terms, climate change and more.
Date: March 21, 2014
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: Room N109, Schulich School of Business 

MAR.25: Inaugural James Love Lecture on Avian Conservation

Tropical Forests & the Migration of Song Birds


Dr. Bridget Stutchbury is a

distinguished research professor, and former Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology, as well as an IRIS Senior Fellow, at York University. In this lecture, Bridget will reveal her surprising migration tracking results for Purple Martins, Red-eyed Vireos and Wood Thrushes and discuss how this research can help us save songbirds.  


Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Registration & Refreshments: 6:15pm
Lecture Start Time: 7:00pm
Location: Schulich Executive Learning Centre, Private Dining Room, York University 


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The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is a university-wide research centre that pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of sustainability. Through our collaborations on sustainability related research projects and innovative initiatives, we hope to generate awareness amongst the York University community of our social, natural and economic spheres, while engaging students, staff and faculty in action that creates change on campus and beyond.


The IRIS Newsletter is a way to keep you informed about what we are up to so that you can drop by an event, get involved, or just learn about what research projects we are currently undertaking. The Newsletter is sent out once or twice per month, highlighting the IRIS, York University, and broader community's sustainability news and events!

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